The University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work (SSW) has an opening for a Clinical Research Specialist to work in the Ruth Young Center for Children and Families. The Clinical Research Specialist will work collaboratively on the Maryland Human Trafficking Initiative between SSW and the Governor's Office for Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP). This position is responsible for providing the highest technical expertise to research programs and evaluate services, perform studies and/or projects, and oversee research activities.
The Maryland Human Trafficking Initiative for Children and Youth is led by the Ruth Young Center for Families and Children (RYC) at the SSW, in partnership with the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, the Maryland Department of Human Resources, the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, and the U.S. Attorney's Office. Project partners include the SAFE Center, Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts, Healthy Teen Network, TurnAround, Inc., and the Baltimore Child Abuse Center.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.
This position requires approximately 25% travel in the Baltimore area and other in-state travel.
Oversee Human Trafficking Initiative projects, analyze data, and provide consultation regarding evaluation and data analysis. Coordinates multidisciplinary teams, including the identification of relevant members to be included in addition to the core team.
Develop, recommend, modify, and implement policies and procedures and/or methods for the human trafficking response of multiple state agencies. Develop protocol manuals and data collection instruments.
Perform clinical research activities including data collection, data entry, data verification, data analysis, compliance and clinical relevance of data. Conduct library research and contributes to the preparation and writing of research findings for publication of journal articles and grant proposals.
Monitor all human trafficking referrals from local jurisdictions and coordinate the multidisciplinary response. Work with Maryland Department of Human Resources (child welfare agency), Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, service providers, state and local Attorney General's Offices, state and local law enforcement, FBI, Homeland Security to ensure appropriate referral process and management of cases. This includes working to establish a system by which case data is shared.
Integrate Safe Harbor legislation and policies into the multidisciplinary response protocols and policies.
Serves as liaison to other departments, outside organizations, government agencies, and product representatives to promote effective and efficient operation and use of resources.
Perform administrative duties such as assisting with planning Annual Human Trafficking Conference and managing requests pertaining to human trafficking from local jurisdictions, and perform training duties for external stakeholders such as law enforcement, child welfare and juvenile services professional staff, etc.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelor's degree in social work, public health, psychology, or field of study related to the research. Preferred Education: Master's degree preferred. Experience: Three (3) years' experience in clinical research including two (2) years in the relevant research specialization. Preferred Experience: Clinical mental health care delivery experience within a public system or to underserved populations preferred.
Consideration may be given for a unique combination of education and experience.*
May require training related to occupational safety and health, environmental compliance, shipping of hazardous materials and/or ionizing radiation.
* Bachelor's degree in an unrelated field with at least 18 credits in a field related to the research of the clinic, or Bachelor's degree in unrelated field with at least one year of experience in a field directly related to the research of the clinic. Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to understand and utilize scientific/medical terminology and research theory in both verbal and written communications. Ability to take a lead role in performing and directing various advanced, routine, and maintenance procedures. Ability to perform independent projects and to serve as a consultant in area of technical specialty. Ability to use measurable and verifiable information for making decisions or judgments. Skill in statistical programming, interpretation and data analysis using statistical software as well as spreadsheet and database software applications. Ability to apply knowledge of scientific theory and computer capability to design and recommend changes to methods for clinical research. Ability to take scientific terminology and concepts and translate to lay persons in a meaningful way. Ability to conduct library research and participate in the preparation of journal articles. Ability to identify appropriate analytic techniques for data analysis.
Ability to effectively communicate both verbal and written thoughts, ideas, and facts. Writes and presents information in a clear and concise way. Interprets and understands written information and is able to listen attentively to verbal and non-verbal cues that lead to a deeper understanding. Skills in ethically communicating risks and benefits an ability to maintain confidentiality. Ability to network with, and present information to key groups and individuals.
Ability to work cooperatively with others and demonstrates professional, ethical, respectful, and courteous behavior when interacting with others. Capable of interacting pleasantly and positively with other to meet customer expectations, and provide follow up with customers.
Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience
If accommodations are needed for a disability, please contact Human Resource Services at 410-706-2606, Monday Friday, 8:30am 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the State's public health, law and human services university devoted to excellence in professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. As a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and using state-of-the-art technological support, we educate leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, globa...l health, social work and the law. We emphasize interdisciplinary education and research in an atmosphere that explicitly values civility, diversity, collaboration, teamwork and accountability. By conducting internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning and just treatment of the people we serve, we foster economic development in the City, State, and nation. We are committed to ensuring that the knowledge we generate provides maximum benefit to society and directly enhances our various communities.